Vivian Ann Cotter. January 10th 1917 – May 9th 2015. Vivian Ann Cotter, née Bolduc, left this life on May 9th from natural causes. She was 98 years old, still maintained her own house, and remained quick-witted to the end. Vivian was born to Charles and Medora Jodoin Bolduc on January 10th, 1917. She attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and The Norwich Free Academy (class of 1936) and later studied merchandising at Lasall College. It was at NFA that she met her future husband, Arthur E. Cotter. After his death in 2006, Vivian would recall how he once raced across town during the height of the Hurricane of '38 to see that she and her family were safe. "We heard a knock and were all startled, but it was just Art's flashlight on the door." Immediately after peace was declared on the Western Front after WWII, Vivian sailed across the Atlantic with her young son on the first ship of American dependents to be quartered with their husbands and fathers in Germany during the Allied occupation. She was a magnificent cook and housekeeper, and though Munich after the war was a difficult place, she bore up to it with courage and resolve. The Cotters returned to Norwich upon Colonel Cotter's retirement from the military and lived at the corner of Washington and East Town Street for the rest of their lives. They wintered in Florida (both were avid golfers) and summered on Pleasure Beach in Waterford in a house that Vivian's father had built in 1920. Her fondest memories were centered in that tiny community where she swam and entertained her many friends for 90 consecutive summers. They also traveled to Mexico, Romania, Ireland, and throughout the United States. Vivian was a Connecticut Artist who took exacting care with her work and showed her paintings throughout Southeastern Connecticut. She and her husband of 65 years were great fun to be around, a sharp and vibrant couple who played wonderfully off one another's strengths: he was warm and wise, she was elegant and discriminating. "Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe," she often said, and among those she loved were her son John, daughter-in-law Linda, grandchildren John (and his wife Elisa Gabbert) and Erin (and her husband Brian Wise), and her great grandson Colin Wise. A devout Catholic she was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown. Donations may be sent there in her name.
Marcelle Mignonette Suzette Boisvert, 91, of Waterford died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. She was born in Lewiston, Maine, Nov. 28, 1923, the daughter of Frederic and Dora Dumont Marcoux. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1942. Mrs. Boisvert was the wife of Ronaldo E. Boisvert who predeceased her in 1978. Mrs. Boisvert worked in the field of retail for many years. She was a deputy registrar of voters for the Waterford Democratic Party for over 30 years, and was a former president of the Democratic Women's Club. She was a justice of the peace. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, crocheting, quilting, knitting and volunteering. She was involved in many organizations - Friends of Harkness, the former Trillion Garden Club, Waterford Senior Citizens Club, and the Waterford Women's Club where she served as president for six years. Her involvement in the community consisted of the New London Area Food Pantry, Covenant House, Children's Center, Homeless, Unwed Mothers, Battered Women's Shelter, the Madonna Marin House, New London Community Meal Center and the Salvation Army. She was part of a family of five generations of women, and is survived by three daughters, Jo-Anne Vernice Boisvert (Earl) of Waterford, Monique Marcelle Croom (Steve) of Supply, N.C. and Pamela Boisvert Gourlie (Malcolm) of Moodus; she has six grandchildren, Scotti England, Leon Bascom, Dwayne Bender, Stacie Bender, Annie Gourlie and Colin Gourlie; as well as seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Vernice Murphy; and a brother, Laurier Marcoux. A celebration of her life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at her home on 49 New Shore Road, Waterford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Goshen Fire Department.
Sandra "Sandy" A. Woodward, 58, of Waterford, loving wife of William A. Woodward, passed away at home on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born in Norwich, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Helen (Bulka) Lewitz. She lived in Waterford for the past 12 years, previously residing in Pawcatuck. Sandy was a registered nurse at L+M Hospital for the past 11 years. Prior to her nursing career, she worked at the Steak Loft restaurant in Mystic for many years, and was also a licensed physical therapist. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time, she loved relaxing on the beach and taking trips to Florida. Just this past year, Sandy was honored with the Nightingale Award which recognizes an individual for exemplary contributions of registered nurses. In addition to her husband, Bill, she leaves her son, Jason Woodward and his wife, Nichole, of Westerly, R.I.; two grandchildren, Preston and Nova Woodward of Westerly; a brother, Nicholas Lewitz and his wife, Patti, of Westbrook; and three nieces, Jaime, Lori and Kristen. She was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Doris O. Woodward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, www.hospicesect.org, or to the Waterford Animal Control, c/o Waterford Police Dept., 41 Avery Ln., Waterford, CT 06385.
William B. Grady, 65, of West Hartford, died on Wednesday September 17th after courageously battling a brain tumor for 8 years. He is survived by his loving wife Anne and two children, Cara (son-in-law, Joel Resig) and Sean. Born in Hartford's South End, son of the late Rita and Bernard Grady, he graduated from Bulkeley High School. After graduating from CCSU, he was a teacher before leaving for a long career at Aetna. He also proudly served in the Army Reserves. He believed that faith was key in his successful fight. He celebrated each year of life after his diagnosis with an oldies dance party. With this positive outlook he was a source of inspiration and hope for others. He is also survived by his sisters Carole and Nancy, brothers Robert and John, 2 grandsons and many other family and friends. The family would like to thank all the staff at Hartford Hospital, Harry Grey Center Infusion Unit and Dr. Alexandra Flowers for her excellent care and personal touch.